Mindfulness Retreat: “Being Your Self as Awareness” – Integrating Strategies from EMDR, Body Awareness and The Presence Process

Sunday, May 31 – Friday, June 5, 2020


This is a retreat on using Mindfulness to teach Mindfulness to Licensed Mental Health professionals to use in their clinical practice.  While this retreat is open to all therapists, we will be using and teaching techniques from Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help enhance the process.   Non-EMDR trained therapists won’t be learning how to use eye-movements but will be taught ancillary techniques to use with others and on themselves.

The registration process is as follows:

  1. Register with CompassionWorks  to pay your tuition and reserve your spot.  At that time you can indicate if you want a single occupancy, or double occupancy with your own roommate, or double occupancy with another attendee.
  2. After you have registered with us, we will put you in touch with our Event Coordinator at Ghost Ranch to complete your room request and meal plan.

Location: Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM map
Dates: Sunday, May 31 – Friday, Jun 5, 2020

The Early Bird Deadline ends May 17th.

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Presenters:  Jose Carbajal, Ph.D., LCSW, & Jordan Shafer, MC, LPC

Jose Carbajal, Ph.D., LCSW

Jose is a licensed clinical social worker. He served in the U.S. Army; after his military service, Jose attended Baylor University, where he received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in theological studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jose has several published articles, a book chapter published, and he has conducted many professional presentations. Jose’s research focus is on the interventions clinicians use to treat trauma, neuroscience and social work practice, faith, and trauma, and social disparity. Jose has over 10 years of clinical experience; his clinical specialties are trauma, sexual abuse recovery, domestic violence, substance abuse, and interpersonal relationship issues. Dr. Carbajal is a Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant.

Jordan Shafer, MS, LPC

Jordan is a licensed professional counselor and EMDR Trainer and Consultant.

Mr. Shafer is a student of Advaita Vedanta and has hosted workshops for Michael Brown, author of The Presence Process. He has also attended several workshops with teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, John Welwood, and Pamela Wilson where he studied Presence and Mindfulness.



Intended Audience: The retreat is for all Mental Health Professionals (EMDR trained and non-EMDR trained) who want to learn about Mindfulness, EMDR and  Body Awareness and to use it with their clients in their clinical practice. You do not need to be trained in EMDR to attend this workshop but you will come away from it knowing more about it – when to refer clients, how to use it in your own experience or possibly decide to become an EMDR trained therapist, yourself.

Non-workshop attending partners: Partners of registered workshop attendees are to encouraged to attend the retreat, as well.  They will be welcome to join in the meditations and on all group activities.

Days and Times:  This is a week long workshop with arrival time after 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 31 and ending on Friday, June 5th, after lunch at 1:00 pm.  See the full schedule below.

Location:  Ghost Ranch Retreat and Education Center near Abiquiu, NM.  (Nearest airports Albuquerque and Sante Fe.)

Continuing Ed:  12 EMDRIA Continuing Education (CE) credits are included in the tuition  as are 20 CE credits for Texas LPC, LCSW and MFT.   (20 CE credits are also be available through CE-Classes  for those needing credits for licenses other than Texas; and is an option in the shopping cart to add CE-Classes credit for $30.00.)  Partial EMDRIA credit cannot be given, however other credits will be based on sessions attended.

Payment Information:  Early Bird Discount Rate for tuition is $545.00 prior to Wednesday, June 26, 2019.  After June 26 the tuition is $745.00.   Also, at that time, rooms reserved for the event will be released back to Ghost Ranch for use by other groups and the general public.

Room and Board:   After you have registered with us, we will put you in touch with our Event Coordinator at Ghost Ranch to complete your room request and meal plan.  (This is incomplete.  Costs will be included at a later date.)

Travel Information: (map)  Attendees can fly into Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ)  or the Sante Fe Regional Airport.   Sante Fe is closer to the ranch but flights may be more expensive with fewer options.  Getting from the airport to the ranch is the challenge, unless you rent a car.

We will arrange a ride sharing option for those who do not want to individually rent a car.  Plan your arrival at ABQ to be prior to 1 pm as departure from ABQ to Ghost Ranch will be at 1:00 pm Sunday and returning to ABQ on Friday with a scheduled arrival time at the airport to be 4:00 pm.  (It’s suggested you leave an hour for your flight).  The roundtrip charge for the ride share is $65.00 and can be added in the shopping cart at the time of registration.

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Workshop description:

Jose’s part:

This workshop offers mindfulness strategies to integrate to techniques from EMDR therapy and Body Awareness.

The mindfulness strategies can be effective when incorporated with strategies from EMDR therapy; this is especially beneficial for clients who need to increase their affect tolerance. Participants will learn about current research on mindfulness and EMDR therapy. Additionally, participants will learn about the hypothesized mechanism of action for EMDR and mindfulness.

Non-EMDR therapists and Mental Health Professionals will be given ways to use EMDR strategies without the use of bilateral (Eye-Movements) stimulation.

The format of this workshop is a retreat, this means participants will practice these strategies to self-attune. Come to be refreshed and to enhance your EMDR skills!

Jordan’s part:

The meditations and non-EMDR portions of the workshop will be based on the book The Presence Process by Michael Brown and the ancient wisdom teachings of non-dual wisdom.

From the perspective of The Presence Process, when we’re able see that our ‘upsets’ are ‘setups’ to help us see that our lives are unfolding, not with what we ‘need or want’ but with what is ‘required,’ the more we’re able live in the moment.

The teaching segments will include a didactic presentation, guided connected breathing meditations and a sharing from ‘presence’ while staying in the moment.

Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Strategize how to integrate EMDR Techniques, Body Awareness, and Mindfulness to help clients manage their affect in between sessions and increase distress tolerance
  • Describe the current literature on mindfulness, EMDR, and neuroscience
  • Apply and demonstrate EMDR therapy, body awareness, and mindfulness integration
  • Summarize strategies implemented during lecture and practicum, and integrate phases of EMDR and mindfulness into practice
  • Use teachings from The Presence Process in their own growth and development and in working with clients

Event Days and Times:  Attendees will arrive on Sunday afternoon and evening in time for dinner (5:30 – 6:30)  and for the Sunday evening meeting, which will be a welcoming-orientation and safe/calm place meditation.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday will consist of teaching, discussion and practicing both mindfulness meditation and ways to incorporate EMDR type strategies with that.  There will evening talks with a guided meditation followed by a sharing in presence.

Wednesday will be an open day for participants to spend time doing activities that are available on the ranch.  These activities include horseback riding, hiking, swimming, or just relaxing.

The retreat will end on Friday morning at 10:30 am, after breakfast and a final meeting for departure.

For continuing education credits with CE classes the charge is $30.00 and can be selected during checkout.

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DayStartEndFunctionMindfulnessThe Presence Process (TPP)  
7:30pm8:30pmIntroduction with Jordan and Jose
7:30am8:30 amBreakfast
9:00am10:15amJoseSafe/Calm Place, Butterfly Hug
10:30am12:00Jose & JordanMindfulness Check InConnected Breathing
EMDR and Trauma Focused Interventions
3:00pm4:45pmJordanThe Pathway of Awareness
7:00pm8:15pmJordanThis Moment Matters
9:00am10:15amJoseBody Scan
10:30am12:00 Jose & JordanBody ScanCounseling with Oneness
12:00 1:00pmLunch
1:30pm2:45pmJoseMedicine Wheel
3:00pm 5:00pmJose & JordanMedicine WheelI recognize my reflections and projections
7:00pm8:15pmJordanI choose to respond
12:00 1:00pmLunch
7:30am8:00pmFree Day to Explore
9:00am10:15amJoseTrauma, Mindfulness and Neuroscience
10:30am12:00Jordan I Feel UnconditionallyTeachers of Nonduality
12:00 1:00pmLunch
1:30pm2:45pmJoseThe Wheel of Awareness Practicum
3:00pm5:00pmJordan & JoseThe Wheel of Awareness practicum
7:00pm8:00pmJordanI am Innocent
8:30 9:00 amJordan and JoseWrap-up and Closure
9:30 amVan departs for ABQ


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All grievances must be in writing to Jordan Shafer, and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days.)This workshop is held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact Jordan Shafer if special accommodation is required.)

Continuing Education Information:

12 EMDRIA Continuing Education (CE) credits are included in the tuition  as are 20 CE credits for Texas LPC, LCSW and MFT.   (20 CE credits are also be available through CE-Classes (Below) for those needing credits for licenses other than Texas.  There is an option in the shopping cart to add CE-Classes credit for $30.00.  Partial EMDRIA credit cannot be given, however other credits will be based on sessions attended.

These credits are for Psychologist and Counselors outside of Texas

20 CEs state licensure and 12 EMDRIA CEs are provided for:

Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop.  Participants print their own certificate after registering at ce-classes.com, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.”

Statement to be used as a disclosure “Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.”


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